Are jumpers bad for babies? This is a question that many parents have when they are considering whether or not to buy one for their child. In this blog post, we will take a look at the evidence and see what experts have to say about the matter.
Are Jumpers bad for babies?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “infants who are younger than four months old and haven’t yet started crawling or walking should not use a jumper because they may not have the necessary neck strength to support their heads.” The AAP also warns parents about potential injuries that can occur when babies fall out of a jumper, such as skull fractures and brain damage.
Some experts believe that jumpers can be bad for babies, while others believe that they are safe as long as they are used in moderation. One thing that all experts seem to agree on is that jumpers should not be used by very young infants, since they can be dangerous for them.
Are jumpers bad for babies’ hip development?
There are credible arguments that jumpers may not be good for babies’ hip development. A study published in the journal Pediatrics found that “infants who spent more than an hour a day in a jumper had significantly less femoral anteversion (a measure of how tilted inward the thigh bone is) at six months old.” However, it’s important to note that this study was conducted on small sample size, and more research is needed to determine if there is a link between jumpers and hip problems.
WebMD also clarified in this post that jumpers put pressure of babies’ hips and may hamper their development.
Are jumpers bad for baby brains?
There is no evidence that jumpers are bad for baby brains. In fact, a study published in the journal Pediatrics found that “there was no association between jumper use and cognitive or motor development at either nine or 18 months old.”
Pros of using Baby Jumpers
There are pros and cons to using baby jumpers. The main pro include;
- Better muscle growth especially in the legs – great for exercise
- Keeps the babies occupied and entertained
- Help in developing other skills activities – social and physical.
- Can assist your baby to fall asleep
Cons of Baby jumpers
- It can be dangerous for young infants’ hip development, as mentioned earlier.
- It can negatively impact your baby’s motion abilities by not having control of their body
- It may introduce safety risks such as triggering head injuries in case the jumper has a mechanical failure.
- It can lead to foot deformities and muscle imbalance
Tips for using baby jumpers safely
Here are some tips for using baby jumpers safely:
- – Make sure that your child is always supervised when using a jumper.
- – Do not leave your child in the jumper for extended periods of time.
- – Discontinue use of the jumper once your child begins to walk independently.
- – Make sure that the jumper is placed on a flat, level surface.
- – Check the straps and buckles to make sure they are securely fastened.
- – Remove all toys and objects from around the jumper before use.
In conclusion, there is no definitive answer to this question. Some experts believe that jumpers can be dangerous for young infants, while others believe that they are safe as long as they are used in moderation. However, it is generally agreed upon that jumpers should not be used by very young infants. Additionally, there may be some risks associated with using jumpers regarding baby’s hip development, but more research is needed to confirm this. As of now,
Mary Stephens is our infant development and baby fun activities specialist here at Motherhood HQ. She has over 10 years of experience dealing with kids, previously as a K3 teacher and now as a K9-12 teacher specializing in physical education and Social Studies. She is certified to teach in New York and Massachusetts and when not teaching trampoline jump tricks or giving toddler safety guides, she enjoys writing and providing helpful guides to parents on baby fun activities from infancy to toddlerhood. Mary is also an independent consultant providing parents with fun activities at home and appropriate toys and baby gear for infants and toddler development. She can be reached at her email, mary.s(at)motherhoodhq.com.